The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program prepares students to gain entry-level employment in the exciting and growing field of medical billing and coding. The program focuses on the skills related to coding medical conditions and procedures, and the subsequent use of these codes in billing and reimbursement. Students acquire the needed skills of a medical coder in a variety of healthcare environments, as well as ensuring the ongoing quality of medical records, in preparation for passing a chosen certified exam, such as the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
The program includes core curriculum in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, inpatient and outpatient coding, health information and delivery systems, reimbursement, law, compliance, and healthcare technologies. Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program, which utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Laboratory enabling students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace, and also includes an externship program to gain actual workplace experience and networking opportunity.
Program offered 100% online.
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 36 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.
UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
BIO-100S—Medical Terminology—3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms, and a broad array of medical terms common in the health care professions.
BIO-105S—Anatomy and Physiology—3.0 credits
A course covering the systems that comprise the human organism.
BIO-115S—Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology—3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions.
HIM-100—Introduction to Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the student an overview of the profession of health information management and its role in t he healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major HIM department functions and department inter – relationships.
HIM-105—Understanding the Healthcare Record—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the acute care health record including accreditation, certification, and licensure content and documentation standards. Students review author responsibilities and the quantitative and qualitative record review processes.
HIM-110—ICD Diagnosis Coding and Application—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system. The student will learn how to use the ICD code book and will assign and sequence ICD codes for diagnoses in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-120—ICD Procedure Coding—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system as it relates to coding procedures. The student will assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures of selected body systems, in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
HIM-130—ICD Procedure Coding Applications—3.0 credits
This course is continuation of HIM-120. The student will apply what they learned in HIM-120, coding procedures using the ICD code book, ICD coding conventions and the “Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting,” to assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-140—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included.
HIM-150—CPT and HCPCS Coding—3.0 credits
This course will introduce students to the CPT manual and coding structure. Students will assign CPT and HCPCS codes according to established guidelines and reporting requirements. R
HIM-200—Healthcare Law & Ethics and Application—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the laws and ethics covering the practice of health information management. This course also addresses the U.S. court system, the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and the release of information procedures. Also, students will continue to gain industry experience by utilizing a virtual lab environment, applying program knowledge and competencies.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
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Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don’t differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.
Tuition Goes Down the Longer You’re in School
We understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. To help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you’re in school.
Financing Options Available
As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.
For students who are veterans or active duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details.
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